The Gift (2015) - Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

Director: Joel Edgerton
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 60 out of 350 found boring (17.14%)

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The exact nature of these problems are gradually revealed to the viewer and we learn the whole truth in a slow, though suspenseful, way.

Quite slow-moving with the promise of a great revelation and possibly some sort of revenge-motivated violence.

It's simple story cuts out the shock violence, ridiculous plots, and confusing story lines, all for the better.

It was a waste of my tome and the ending was predictable and completely rubbish.

This is for killing time and if you like to torture your self with slow pace movie this is for you.

The storyline feels familiar and too slow, and you never really invest in the lives of the main characters; Jason Bateman is perhaps too good at playing his jerk of a character, although British actress Rebecca Hall is very convincing for her part.

Even if you kind of know where this is going (unless this is the first thriller of its kind you're about to watch and/or haven't seen the trailer yet), this can still be engaging, entertaining and keep you on the edge of your seat.

This film is superbly entertaining in a film type that's been done to death.

Impressive debut from Edgerton who relies more on slow build-ups than jumpscares .

It goes beyond the standard stalker formula to something more complicated and compelling.

I never give away spoilers so with this one it's hard to comment without doing so , it had unexpected twists is all I'm going to say .

Joel Edgerton pulls a triple play: directing, writing, and acting the main role in this entertaining and thrilling film that would have made Hitchcock green with envy.

Plus the direction is slick, the production is stunning and the acting is pretty great; it shows that Edgerton could handle filmmaking better than acting.

The movie is immensely intriguing and doesn't feel conceited.

It's a slow burn with great dialogue that allows the plot to build and build without you even realizing how slow of a burn it is.

For the majority of the film, there is an uneasy feeling and a sort of awkwardness that keep it suspenseful.

For all these,I must say give credit to director Joel Edgerton for crafting a great script and how he remodeled and remixed numerous story formulas into creating something genuinely unique and truly entertaining.

I got this film in one of those Instaflix machines thinking it wasn't going to be that good just another so so 'thriller' but , after a relaxing , uplifting beginning making me feel fluffy and laid back the show moved in on my emotions and sensitivities and threw me into an exciting, significant, well acted, well written, well paced and wonderfully entertaining flick.

Edgerton plays with the viewers' expectations and takes them to the unpredictable directions adding to the plot more layers and depths.

Anyway, this film scenario would have been a non-starter in many a European country, but in America (and especially California) it has everything going for it, and that makes it intriguing, though also a tad exotic in its premise for many of us!

The Gift is a suspenseful movie because it feels like it could really happen.

Strong original ideas with simple, gripping premises and don't come along nearly as often as they should.

Viewers left empty and disgusted.

intense thriller giving us a payful revenge ...

The Gift is a well executed film, directed well and paced just to the right length to keep things interesting even when the progress of the plot is a drawn out one, with issues with plot and originality rising up to hold the film back.

When I heard this movie could be a little slow, I wasn't looking forward to watching this.

Some of the most boring yuppie characters ever .....

Entertaining but a little predictable.

Really enjoyable ride...

Then the unexpected gifts and day time visits begin and Robyn, being too nice for her own good, repeatedly lets Gordo in.

Still, intriguing and engaging enough.

Worth the watch .

The writing was flawless and the twists mind blowing.

That's where the movie starts to become a gripping horror movie.

The pacing of the movie is slow.

All in all certainly an entertaining creepy movie about stalking and about a lot more which I cant explain right now, because of spoilers.

This mystery-thriller was too much dramaticed and presented at a slow pace.

Don't waste your time .

It was very enjoyable the whole way through, with an incredible twist delivered at the end of it which I did not see coming.

I was literally on the edge of my seat through the entire experience.

There is a sense of paranoia throughout the film & that's where Edgerton succeeds in making the proceedings, engrossing.

Nice cinematography, fitting soundtrack, convincing performances, awesome ending, quite suspenseful, interesting and smart.

It was so great and unexpected.

And its fascinating.

I recommend for lover of suspenseful thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock.

Joel Edgerton in his first directed film (which he also wrote and starred in), has done quite a good job and separates his film from clichés and predictable traps which is a tough thing for directors to achieve these days seemingly.

Having watched the trailer and read the reviews here, I thought this movie was going to be mind blowing.

The movie used slow moving cameras to give off an eerie thrilling vibe and it worked very well.

Leaving everything aside, the movie still manages to keep you incessantly thrilled, rooted and suspenseful.

Taking a non complicated story and converting it into a gripping suspenseful plot.

In those early entries to Edgerton's work behind camera he showed a filmmaking nuance in slow burning stories and letting dialogue take centre stage and The Gift is no different with Edgerton's script a highlight of the film.

The plot, on the other hand, was rather bad because it was a bit boring due to the lack of tension.

Tense, taut and thrilling.

Hall does not have the same opportunities due to the script, but still is convincing and enjoyable to watch.

There was a point around 20-30 minutes into the film where something happened in Gordo's "house" that turned the movie from an interesting, slow moving film to an eerie, creepy, stalker-ish flick.

The low-budget production lives from its strong acting and twisted plot that comes around with creative ideas and unpredictable surprises from start to finish.

He has also lent his talent to the page, creating a story that slowly simmers away before catching fire in all its magnificent glory, reminiscent of a suspenseful old school Hitchcock thriller from the past.

I will give him serious praise for his direction especially, as The Gift looked visually stunning.

Fascinating .

Edgerton has done a solid job, in all three aspects, THE GIFT confidently toys with the middle- class suburbia, lashes out at the corrupted morality in the American society of its bullying canker and partisan winner-or-loser dichotomy, challenges expectation in a compelling fashion and crowns the film with a reasonable finale, which elevates itself a niche above the standard criteria of the genre.

I really liked this and I highly recommend it.

Edgerton's directorial debut is astounding and truly gripping, a slow burner that rises and then explodes at the end.

However, the pacing of this film is pretty slow and it feels like a longer film then it is.

Great suspenseful drama .

Where 'Gone Girl' is a poorly acted, predictable marriage thriller, 'The Gift' is clever and extremely well performed.

If you go into it expecting fast paced, spine tingling thriller, you will be disappointed.

One afternoon, the couple meets the socially awkward Gordo, played by the unpredictable Joel Edgerton who really steals the show, who is an old classmate of Simon.

When The Gift started and for the first half of the film I thought to myself how good this was for a formulaic (and I mean that in a good way) thriller.

My opinion is that it is very contrived and a big fuss about nothing.

Towards the end of the movie especially I was on the edge of my seat.

Really, very good, and well worth watching.

The way the characters are portrayed has to be definitely appreciated as the depth of the characters gets unfold as the film goes by which makes it more interesting and highly gripping.

It had some good suspenseful scenes, even when there are moments when there is no music playing building the scenes up.

It really makes the normally, mundane house-hold errands, so much, intense than it has to.

Hollywood thinks they're being daring and exciting when in the end so many of their plots these days end up down a politically correct path....

Dark and entertaining .

This movie is perfectly set for a sequel that could be equally as suspenseful.

By the time she passed out drinking the water she got from her fridge, and given how her husband had bullied him, it was all downhill and predictable.

A Very Enjoyable Psychological Thriller .

Joel Edgerton done a terrific job in creating this unique well- crafted intense thriller in his directorial debut and looking forward for what he does next?

Enjoyed it very much, actually loved it.

When I left the theater, I kept thinking of a movie that I saw years ago with Roseanne Barr called "She-Devil".

I left the theater a very disappointed customer.

A few moments have glorious jumps and unexpected bumps.

It's a solid film with good direction and pace, reasonable acting and writing, enjoyable in short, however if a cliché thriller plot might bother you then it might be worth skipping.

The film, while maintaining a high level of unpredictable tension throughout, can't quite deliver a satisfying ending.

A good Alfred Hitchcock type ending makes The Gift well worth watching.

Here, they are Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton, and the dark drama they bring to life is driven by dialogue and unexpected character development, instead of jump scares and dark hallways and other conventional thriller conventions.

The weak points of the movie is the genre itself which is hard to make surprising and Rebecca Hall whose carachter is common and uninteresting.

Decent story with a touch of boring.

His character's intense eyes, persistent spirit and creepy persona, along with the cinematography from the "watcher's" perspective looking in through windows, makes for a scary and twisty film full of mystery and surprises.

The film had a very creepy and suspenseful tone for most of the movie that has you on the edge of your seat.

This was a good thriller and had me on the edge of my seat for much of the movie not knowing what would happen next and pleasantly surprised that there was no gore or excessive violence involved.

It keeps twisting and turning in unexpected directions, pulling the hidden story together and leading Robyn towards the big reveal.

At that first dinner party, the way he kept on saying over and over how happy he was for them, his whole presentation etc was very poor as a what if t his guy is a whacko proposition because he SO OBVIOUSLY WAS.. This just made me wanna walk away from Gordo and the couple immediately, as it was just super super predictable from that moment.

Towards the end of the film, as the story unravels and a dramatic ending is set up, I was genuinely on the edge of my seat.

This is a pretty intriguing thriller where a young married couple's lives are interfered by an awkward high school acquaintance of the husband's, who leaves gifts to the doorstop multiple times.

In another words a arrogant guy that thinks everyone is pretentious and looks down on people for their differences.

Also, it's too slow for my taste and probably would have worked better if it was half the running time.

This first encounter fills the film with mystery and intrigue which keeps it utterly gripping.

Suspenseful And With A Really Good Twist .

Smart, gripping, great characters surrounded by an interesting and sometimes exciting story.

" Gordo's actually a pretty nerve- wracking character, and there are more than a few suspenseful moments along the way as we follow him, wondering what he's going to do.

From the get-go they're all authentic and engaging.

I mean really, this terrifically constructed storyline is what makes it remarkable and engrossing.

I'd just like to start off by saying well done to Joel Edgerton for making his first major directorial project a very good, gripping psychological thriller.

It also made it much more suspenseful, and at times there were a lot of "on the edge of my seat" intense moments that made my heart beat a little quicker, and it sucked me in and hooked me for the rest of the film.

Intriguing thriller marred by lackluster twists .

the film is good, i would've like a more intense build up and a bit of more solid directing.

The beginning of this movie was extremely intriguing and unpredictable.

The movie starts slow with typical character development.

His style of directing is very stunning.

Overall it's a very suspenseful movie but it does start slow.

Intense character portrayals.

If you're a fan of mystery and thriller movies or if you've watched enough movies about psycho thrillers, The Gift will seem to you very very predictable.

One of the things that makes this film so compelling is the impressive story line.

Constantly brooding with suspense, we are continually left to guess the outcome of Gordo and Simon's mysterious relationship which, as it unfolds, throws up many unexpected twists.

slow is not bad if you can keep the viewers in agony or amaze them with good acting!

If you like a movie that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat (in the psychological sense) and thinking, then you're gonna love this.

The suspense continues right up until the finale - which is both shocking and unpredictable.

Even the title's tie-in feels sloppily contrived.

Edgy and tensely entertaining **NO SPOILERS** .

The story is simple, but the execution is thrilling and the way the revelations unfold and keep us guessing about Gordo and Simon shows that this is actually a character driven film.

This is a seriously well put together intense movie.

His style of directing is amazing, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Entertaining, thrilling and enlightening.

The revenge motive is kept suspenseful and intricate as is the revenge plan.

It's extremely predictable although I'm not going to give away the details why.

I was sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next in this film as the psychological thriller aspect of this movie is so very well done, and without spoilers, everything that would be common and expected in a typical movie is spun completely different in this one.

Jason Bateman's character transition in the movie is quite riveting.

I guess this movie is slow because they have to give you the backdrop and then the drama.

It's not the be-all-end-all the trailers would lead you to believe it is, but it was entertaining.

very entertaining .

And then in top of all that, it was entirely predictable.

What's wrong with that empty pavement?

really enjoyed this movie, gripping plot, couple of scene i literally fall from my seat...

When married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) run into Gordo (Joel Edgerton), a former schoolmate of Simon's, their seemingly perfect lives take an unexpected turn for the worst.

His blank expressions throughout the movie only add to the suspense but he also is able to bring an engaging lonesome character to the story that resonates with the audience.

The worst cliché is the change in characters as new plot points are revealed characters dramatically change in personality to just over the degree in which I'd feel is realistic, with characters requiring to be unreasonable in the later half for an ending that is played off as life ruining, only when a modicum of thought needed to see the multitude of flaws in a character's plan.

The acting performances and character depictions are stunning, the detail of which is staggering.

The Gift is a slow burner, it progresses at a very leisurely pace, building suspense and mystery very well as the story unfolds.

It does perhaps drag in places, and a few scenes don't reach their full potential of scariness, but is for the most part consistently entertaining and frequently edge-of-your-seat stuff which will not fail to thrill, shock, and frighten you.

The way this film is shot and put together will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entirety of its runtime; just as the characters became paranoid you become paranoid.

The film is done well and intense, but ultimately the ending lets down the film as it's very ambiguous and confusing.

Enticing but predictable .

This was a great, suspenseful, tasteful, poignant film.

I found there to be tension throughout the film which made it a riveting thing to watch from start to finish.

Joel Edgerton has made a really enjoyable thriller here.

It's a slow film that takes careful time to evolve across its run-time, a genre entry that's wicked and subversive and disturbing, ultimately proving to be worth the wait.

The Gift, if you could not already gather the concept, was wildly entertaining to me.

It's an intriguing movie with a couple of good twists.

We learn of a disturbing history and a compelling story of justice.

Of course, a very personal advantage for me with this 105-minute film is that I quite like the 3 main actors here, namely Jason Bateman, the stunning Rebecca Hall and of course Edgerton himself.

As is the usual case, the truth eventually comes out but by then you're practically fast asleep or bored out of your mind.

I have seen her in Transcendence and Closed Circuit and I find her fascinating to watch, she's different from many a female lead and I think and hope we will be seeing a lot more of her in the future.

" But most compelling is the concept of revenge.

The film throughout was gripping, it certainly kept my heart racing and it was so hard to look away.

A Thrilling Thriller .

I wouldn't call it a good date movie, but a enjoyable movie to see with a friend.

But other than this I very much enjoyed the movie and would recommend anyone to watch it if you are bored of the same formulaic movie and want a more psychological mystery that makes you think more in- depth.

The ending was also boring and if you've ever seen a movie before you'll see it coming from a mile away.

Rebeca Hall was pretty great but these two were the main reason this was so exciting and frightening to watch.

The film remains unpredictable throughout and has a very interesting twist, so much so that I really feel sorry for Simon (Bateman).

Plot holes the size of TX aside, this movie was boring and sucked.

Its original and exciting.

The whole movie fairly predictable and not remotely entertaining.

Based on the trailer all I knew about the film was that this film was going to be a thriller with some intense moments.

It is very predictable.

The most compelling part of the film for me was the unshakable sense that no being can escape their past.

Many plot twists kept it from being predictable, yet also made it a bit too confusing; it leaves too many loose ends, sinking to the level of putting it to the viewer to fill in the blanks, and a few plot holes, which doesn't work well here.

The argument is promising, is very good, however the development is dull, empty and boring.

From then all other twists and turns feel rather bland because the audience has already built their anticipation and think of possibilities to which the story will like lead.

The Gift is an uncomfortable film, but in an enjoyable way.

The pace is slow, too slow and it's one of those were you are waiting for the pick me up.

Worth the watch if u have netflix

I have to say, it's one of the most entertaining well-done stories, I have saw this year.

The story was laid out perfectly, in a slow, and heart-racing manner.

Was it Suspenseful?

What a wonderful suspenseful thriller.

As for the first and second part,it was definitely full of twists and surprises especially during the time when Simon had difficulty recalling who Gordo was after all these years since High School as well as his confusion of Gordo's true objective into becoming a part of their lives.

So, absolutely exciting to watch for 100 minutes, an abject failure after that.

Simon, Robyn and Gordo become our sole focus and we feel immersed in their lives.

Highly entertaining and riveting.

It's an enthralling ride which manages to be intense and thrilling without sacrificing superb character development and subverting audiences' knowledge of the genre.

And the performances are very predictable.

Labelled a Psychological Thriller rather than a Horror, I was expecting an intelligently created, suspenseful story.

Even though the California setting comes across as perfectly typical and mundane, the sense of foreboding, menace and tension in the movie is expertly delivered to the movie goer.

She did play the depressed and boring housewife to perfection.

'The Gift' was an extremely enjoyable late night thriller for me.

For me, the way the film's written is made to keep you on the edge & to keep watching and it succeeds in doing just that, all the way up to the nice wee twist at the end.

Though the audience may think they know who the real culprit is, this film will have you on the edge of your seat & will keep you guessing right till the end.

I was on the edge of my seat.

His ability to be chameleon-like is impressive as he initially plays dumb to what's going on before things reach the unexpected climax.

At first I thought he was far too bland.

It just gets tiring and really slow!

Day after day, he visits the couple's house bearing thoughtful, but tedious gifts, only when Robyn is alone.

The acting is phenomenally good, but more, the story is actually very much original, fantastic, engaging and entertaining.

It doesn't have a clear focus of where the story goes, but the idea sounds intriguing .

It sometimes ventures into horror territory with intriguing camera works, the type which plays with audience whether something is lurking nearby.

It often avoids the obvious and brings shades of gray with these characters to keep the mysteries complex and unpredictable.

Not only does he deliver a tremendous performance as a mysterious and unpredictable Gordo, he also manages to create a fascinating screenplay with a twisted plot at the end.

From the start until the end every scene becomes more interesting and more suspenseful than the former.

From the start to the finish, everything was kind of unpredictable.

Overall, the story is unique it was unpredictable and well acted cast.

Category: Slow Paced ThrillerMovie started good and was promising till the first one hour.

But I felt that the dialogue could have been more subtle, the first half was slightly repetitive and it also had some messy pacing (too many time jumps and little montages)

Engaging interesting .

Worth the watch on a slow boring weekend.

Very slow and incomplete character introductions.

A Gripping and Unforgettable work of art.

The film is structured quite like a play, but is still quite engaging, although it ends with a few minor histrionics that don't quite fit the overall tone, and it's refusal to take sides, even at the end, is distancing.

Overrated and a little boring .

It has just enough ambiguity and creepiness to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The unfolding is as formulaic as the tense fragility between the couple in their abode.

It was a great unpredictable ride right until that one hour mark where it almost looks like someone else took the reigns and steered the film in another direction.

The Gift is an intelligent physiological thriller that starts out in the vein of films like Arlington Road or Single White Female and then takes an unexpected turn that makes the viewer really question their loyalties.

Later half movie loses its strength and climax was confusing.

The script written by Edgerton is well done in that it strays from the predictable and his characters drive the plot forward.

Truly,it was unpredictable especially during the the third part when Gordo starts carrying out his revenge plans against Simon.

I love these types of movies, where the whole action builds up to an mind blowing ending when all the scenes and clues finally make sense and the pieces of the puzzle are put together.

So for a enjoyable thriller night with some drama and thought, take the ride and watch "The Gift".

After finally getting the chance to watch this film, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you like slow burn psychological thrillers with a whole lot of tension and cringey moments, this is a must-see.

Slow, disappointing, anti-climatic and not engaging whatsoever.

The Gift is truly a gem because its slow burning with fascinating performances and it really does send you through a gambit of emotions.

Entertaining movie with lots of suspense .

Although it kept me watching with curiosity, I was kind of bored because of its slow progress.

It's much more straightforward than I expected, while the music occasionally indulges in boiling our senses, it's otherwise held back and effective in its detail and slow unveiling of backstory.

Engaging and understated psychological thriller.

This is a well constructed, suspenseful tale with fine acting and direction that will keep you guessing 'til the end.

The dialog's completely empty, for an hour and a half nothing happens, there is no progress in development, the film's rhythm is very slow.

Though it didn't leave any mind blowing conclusion, but most of the experience is filled with intriguing turns, helping to make the suspense even more effective.

The plot is not quite intricate exactly, a little predictable when you see the end coming.

Given its minuscule production budget, "The Gift" can be considered a modest but most unexpected summer hit.

But have you only known boring genteel people your whole life?

It is a suspenseful story which begins when the married couple of Simon and Robyn decides to move from Chicago into Simon's hometown in order to make a fresh start, attempting to flee from the -many- problems they had in the previous few years.

I found it very slow moving and we're left with the idea that when you meet someone after such a long time, it's not that great to pursue the meeting as old things will be brought up from years ago.

It starts a bit slow, where you wonder what's going to happen.

Acting is decent, but all is so obvious and predictable, than what's not is just ridiculous.

This is a very entertaining movie with lots of suspense.

Edgerton also wrote and directed this movie, and proved to be quite adept at both, crafting a very suspenseful story and putting together a movie that was compelling and interesting.

It builds the tension expertly, and it's very entertaining.

The directorial touches are smart and engaging, the characters development is original and surprising.

The Gift will leave you on the edge of your seat as Gordo's weird activities and interaction leaves you wondering why he is so angry.

The peripheral performances are likewise engaging.

However, as I expected a thriller, I thought the initial pace was very slow, until I found that it was not a thriller at all and the pace went as slow through to the end.

Except, you tried to make it really plain and boring.

Suspenseful moment to moment .

Still, the ending is good enough and unexpected, and it doesn't undo what came before.

On top of being an engaging "thriller/drama," this movie is packed with little lessons and messages, on many levels, having to do with greed, envy, malice, love, regret, remorse, materialism, and our always false sense of security.

From the moment Gordo leaves his house while he is entertaining Simon and Robyn, you can see what is coming a mile off, so the ending is more of a 'finally......

such as where and how did Gordon find the married couple at the store ..Was it accidental or premeditated.. A s far as the acting it is good but for me at times flat.. Furthermore I found the movie a little slow and too long in duration.

The climax is well thought out and justifies the slow buildup.

Such a suspenseful thriller .

A highly enjoyable and creepy thriller.

Ho hum.

i knew they wanted a slow burn but sometimes they could have gotten a little more intense.

You will waste your time to come out empty handed.

Man, the two main characters in this movie where two of the most boring and vacuous of all time.

However I do recommend you give it a try for yourself as the acting is great and it is still above average for a suspenseful thriller.

Predictable and slow .

It is a fresh take on a seemingly formulaic story, and i loved how everything played out, or maybe it didn't?

He has this way of giving his characters depth, an unusual, unpredictable edge.

Gripping and thought-provoking.

"The Gift" is emotional, intense and certainly a pleasant surprise that leaves very good impressions.

Surprisingly Good, thrilling.

Filled with questions far beyond a simple answer, the Gift is worth the watch for anyone willing to read deeper into the human psychological disaster.

Engaging and smartly written.

At glance, The Gift looks like a by-the-numbers thriller with generic characters, generic antagonist and a terribly predictable plot.

So did The Gift waste my time?

The only thing about the film is that it's actually pretty slow for about the first 30 minutes or so, and there are moments where you do wonder if it would ever pick up.

This is a very clever, twisty and unpredictable thriller that constantly keeps the audience guessing.

Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed with the ending it was dull.

also directed by Edgerton, is beautifully shot in that the camera cuts in and out at the right time during the scary/suspenseful parts which adds to the experience.

The music definitely lacks a bit of a punch but the raw acting, dark suspenseful cinematography and a lonely themed production design is terrific.

She goes against the "freaking wife" cliché.

A good ride yet it gets predictable very early on .

The past creeps up and messes up their lives in an unexpected way.

It was slow and disappointing; this movie is about a bully who gets caught.

Don't waste your time on this one!

Little slow here and there and an open ended ending is why it's a 7/10 and not a bit higher.

I will say right out of the gate that if you fall asleep easily and aren't into slower films this is probably something you might not last through, because to create that suspense the film is a very slow burn for pretty much the entire film.

And the payoff is tense, entertaining and cathartic.

The house is stunning in its modernity Old friends from high school gather round and welcome Bateman and his wife back home.

The thing is that this movie tends to be very predictable from the start.

A huge waste of time.

An absolute waste of time.

The Gift (2015) – 7 out of 10 A Movie Review by Nathan FischerThe Gift is a great example of a slow burn.

The movie has a slow, patient buildup, profiling a couple who have moved to a new town.

I cannot recommend this movie enough, saved for the fact that it seems slow at times.

So much holes and eye brows raising cliché.

So slow and so boring.

As the story unfolds, layers are stripped away, and the past comes back in an unexpected way.

The pacing sometimes dragged, too.

Eventually through the movie, it seems there's an intention for revenge, with very slow and subtle intrusions on Simon's life.

He has not only managed to craft a many-layered, entertaining story that is almost a parable that would probably work well in any medium, he has given us a meditation on the way we treat those around us.